We provide general methods in the calculus of variations for the anisotropic Plateau problem in arbitrary dimension and codimension. Given a collection of competing “surfaces” that span a given “bounding set” in an ambient metric space, we produce one minimizing an elliptic area functional. The collection of competing surfaces is assumed to satisfy a set of geometrically-defined axioms. These axioms hold for collections defined using any combination of homological, cohomological or linking number spanning conditions. A variety of minimization problems can be solved, including sliding boundaries.
Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 3, 2017
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